On our last day in Amsterdam, we visited the Dutch village, Zaanse Schans. About 30 minutes bus ride from Amsterdam. The weather was cold and windy and the rain had just stopped. It was good that we could see the windmills at work.
Actually around Amsterdam we could see huge wind turbines along the way. You could see wind turbines everywhere.
The rustic charm of countryside where we could find the well preserved windmills from 18th and 19th centuries are still working and spinning with the wind. The historical Dutch houses were simply charming. In Zaanse Schans, I felt I went back in time and everything was like how it was back in the olden days.
The village may be a hot tourist attraction but most of the establishments are privately owned. So respect of privacy must be practised. Few windmills were opened up for publics to view. We were lucky to view a mustard-making windmill that day. Of course we got to buy one bottle of mustard home.
The windmills was picturesque by themselves; I simply fell in love with them.
Other than the windmills, we were treated to clogs-making tour as well as cheese tasting. We went for the clogs shop but did not stop at the cheese shop since we still have few cheese blocks that hubby bought back in March.